Academic Requirements

To be considered for admission to the naturopathic program, applicants must have completed a three- or four-year bachelor's degree in any discipline at an accredited institution. For September admission, courses must be completed by August 31 of the year of application. For January admission, courses must be completed by December 31.

Required courses Credit hours Units Requirements
General Biology 6 1.0
May be fulfilled either by a one-year biology course or by two semesters of courses such as anatomy, botany, cell biology, endocrinology, genetics, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, or zoology.
Example: Athabasca University - BIOL204-Principles of Biology I and BIOL205-Principles of Biology II
Physiology 6 1.0
May be fulfilled either by a one-year physiology course or a one-year anatomy and physiology course.
Example: McMaster University - HTH SCI 2F03-Human Physiology and Anatomy I and HTH SCI 2FF3-Human Physiology and Anatomy II
Organic Chemistry
(with lab)
3 0.5
Course must cover topics such as chemical reactivity, reaction pathways, stereochemistry, alcohols, acetones, aldehydes, carboxylic acids, and amines. A lab component is required.
Example:
McGill University - CHEM212-Intro to Organic Chemistry
Psychology 3 0.5
May be fulfilled either by one semester of introductory psychology, health psychology, developmental psychology, or other similar courses.
Example: University of Toronto - PSY100Y-Introductory Psychology or Athabasca University - PSYC290-General Psychology
Humanities elective 6 1.0
Acceptable courses include, but are not limited to: English, sociology, psychology, history, women's studies, religious studies, etc. Must include an essay-writing component. Foreign language courses are not accepted towards the humanities prerequisite.
Example: Lakehead University - Nursing 2500-Concepts of Health

Credit will not be given for the completion of prerequisites unless a grade of C-minus (60 per cent) or better is earned.

Some prerequisite sciences courses can be completed at CCNM. 

Note: In addition to the required courses outlined above, we recommend that applicants complete courses in some or all of the following areas to prepare for the naturopathic program curriculum:

  • anatomy
  • biochemistry
  • environmental science
  • genetics
  • microbiology
  • physics
  • sociology
  • statistics
  • English composition

Admission decision 
The decision to admit an applicant is based primarily on the applicant's undergraduate grade point average. Additional criteria may include:

  • applicant's academic history
  • personal statement
  • references
  • resume
  • interview

Historically, the average cumulative GPA of accepted students has been 3.3 on a four-point scale, encompassing a range of 2.7 to 4.0.

Statement of Equal Opportunity
The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine works to ensure that the principles of the Ontario Human Rights Code are reflected in our dealings with all of our constituents. The Ontario Human Rights Code states:

Every person has a right to equal treatment with respect to services, goods and facilities, without discrimination because of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, same-sex partnership status, family status, or handicap.

This applies to all matters of the College.

Personal statement/essay 

Applicants are required to complete and submit a personal statement/essay with their application. Questions include:  

  • Why do you want to become a naturopathic doctor?
  • What is the role of naturopathic medicine/naturopathic doctors in the healthcare system?
  • How do you see the naturopathic profession evolving?
  • Discuss any life experiences that have helped to prepare you for the rigorous academic demands and individual challenges associated with this program of study.

Confidential references 
Three letters of reference must be submitted online. The following references are required:

  • One academic reference is required
  • One reference from a regulated healthcare professional is required
  • One additional reference from either of the above categories or a past employer/volunteer supervisor is required
  • Referees should know you for a minimum of one year, although it is strongly recommended that you choose someone who has known you for 2 years or more

When selecting your referee, you should choose someone who can comment on your capacity in the following areas:

  • Ability to handle stressful situations
  • Business management skills
  • Commitment to upholding high ethical standards
  • Demonstration of tolerance, compassion and empathy
  • Initiative
  • Maturity
  • Problem solving skills
  • Self-discipline

Resume
Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae/resume including the following information:

  • Education
  • Work experience
  • Volunteer experience
  • Awards
  • Skills and abilities

Experienced student policy
As stated in the above section, completion of a Bachelor’s degree is expected. A limited number of exceptions are made for experienced students. Experienced students wishing to apply to CCNM must have completed a minimum of three years of university study (90 credit hours, 15 full courses) towards a bachelor's degree. Competitive applications should have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.3 on a four-point scale (equivalent to B+). A lower grade point average (minimum 2.7) may be acceptable, depending on the applicant's academic history, interview, essay, references and career-related experience. Applicants applying as experienced students must have the minimum prerequisites as outlined in the above section on admission requirements. In addition, anyone applying as an experienced student must be able to demonstrate a minimum of four years of work and life experience outside of university. Please note that possessing the published minimum admission requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Please contact Admissions and Student Services for more information.

Proficiency in the English language 
As CCNM curriculum is delivered in English, all applicants are expected to demonstrate sufficient facility in the English language to fully participate in the learning process. If an applicant's post-secondary studies were completed outside of North America in a language other than English, proof of English proficiency must be submitted to CCNM. Our minimum requirements are indicated below.


IELTS: minimum overall band score of 6.5 or higher (on a 9 point scale)
TOEFL IBT: minimum 86 out of 120
(CCNM TOEFL DI Code: 0245)